Get Out is one of the most original and intriguing films I’ve ever seen. Jordan Peele spent years developing this story, and creating one of the most polarizing thrillers of all time. Peele expertly directs every minute detail of this film with impeccable craftsmanship, and with it being his directorial debut, he has shown that he is one of the most creative minds working in Hollywood currently.
Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have been dating for a while, so she invites him to spend a weekend with her parents, Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford). At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship. Weather it’s Rose’s dad saying casually, “You know, I´d have voted for Obama a third time if I could” trying to make conversation in all the wrong ways, or Rose’s highly condescending brother Jeremy, (Caleb Landry Jones) topically inappropriate conversation a the dinner table, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. With an annual gathering of family friends on the horizon, Chris begins to realize, not only is he trapped here, it may very well be intentional.
At face value, the opening scene of Get Out presents itself as a horror film, yet right after the title card, we make a hard left turn to a more common “meet the parents” comedy, and in some sense, it is. It works as a comedy, given its written by Jordan Peele, known at the time for solely comedic projects. (Key and Peele, Keanu, MADtv) The film is fantastic at hiding what it’s really about, keeping you guessing until it tells you exactly what you need to know.
Get Out offers a very different experience to whomever watches it, some see it as a thriller, some see it as horror, some see it as a comedy. No matter what you feel about the genre this film fits in, your first time watching this movie will astonish you. I am yet to meet a person who hasn’t enjoyed this film, weather it scares you, makes you laugh, or makes you think, Get Out will most certainly make you feel something.
Jordan Peele, and his cast were nominated for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Picture at the 2018 Academy Awards, which was highly deserved. Peele became the first African-American to receive these nominations in one year, and the first to win for screenwriting.
I cannot express how important this movie is, if you’re willing to get a little scared, and experience emotions you’d generally rather not, watch Get Out. Jordan Peele’s other film US is available now, US further proves Peele as an even more competent director and writer, as it is also a magnificent horror film.
In conclusion, watch Get Out